Before you travel...

Traveling whether international or local, as a couple or as a family in whole is a great bonding activity. Together it allows you to witness many new cultures and lifestyles. It offers immersion in a different culture. Your travel could involve: where you went, what you saw and what you did. Moreover, it could also gives you an inner interpretation about you: it could make you learn and discover more about yourself and it could change your perspective in life. Traveling educates us.

Another benefit of traveling is that it enhance work accomplishments. Rather than detracting from work, vacationing and having a fulfilling life outside of work is the best solution for those who experience negative stress in work or in school. An inability to take a break can lead to stress, burnout, and a greater likelihood of feeling betrayed and angry when things do not go well at work or at school.

But before booking a flight and hotel, be mindful of the things to consider before traveling especially when you travel alone. How to have a safe trip? Here are some of the things to consider before taking off for your vacation:

  • Be mindful of your travel documents like passport, valid ID, credit/debit cards, etc.: Make sure you have a signed, valid passport, and a visa, if required, and always place your travel documents in your carry on luggage. Never leave your hotel room without them.
  • Take precautions to avoid being a target of crime: Do not wear conspicuous clothing or jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money when you are traveling especially abroad. Also, do not leave unattended luggage in public areas and do not accept packages from strangers.
  • Provide copies of itinerary and passport data page to trusted person: Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and contact information with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
  • Plan for the unexpected: Check your overseas medical insurance coverage if your policy covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation. If it does not, consider supplemental insurance. Some instances like acquiring EU visa requires overseas medical insurance coverage.
  • Familiarize yourself with local conditions and laws: While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws. Ask a reliable person who's been in that place or research something about the laws and regulations of the places you're going to visit to avoid unwanted scenarios during your vacation days.

As they fondly say “Know before you go” Traveling Young Couple sample itineraries, blogs and transportation guidelines aims to give you an idea what to expect when you travel to these different tourist destinations, thus making your travel memorable and worthwhile.